Memphis Depay has been labelled a “Peruvian pan flute player” who “needs to be corrected” by Dutch coach Co Adriaanse.
Depay has endured a difficult start to life at Manchester United, having been reportedly warned over his conduct by assistant manager Ryan Giggs, before being dropped for United’s comfortable 3-0 win over Everton last weekend.
The Dutchman has been criticised for his lifestyle choices since his move to the Premier League, and after scoring just one goal in eight league games, former Twente coach Adriaanse has joined the ranks in questioning the 21-year-old.
“He needs to be corrected,” the 68-year-old told Studio Voetbal. “He must realise that he is a member in a football team, that he is not just an individual, a 100 metre sprinter like Usain Bolt.
“He arrived as a Peruvian pan flute player at [Netherlands team hotel] Huis ter Duin. If you are a young boy and still have not done anything, do not play dress up as you report to the coach. [Cristiano] Ronaldo does that, but at least he is proven.
“He does not even talk to the press, which he ignores. That cannot be the way. He represents us, the Dutch people. And we want to know what he thinks. He should always speak to them, and must be corrected.”